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Samurai Commanders (2)

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Author: Stephen Turnbull
Illustrator: Richard Hook
Publication Date: 10 Aug 2005
Number of Pages: 64

This second volume about Japan’s samurai commanders covers the generals of the later years of the Age of the Warring States, a period when only the most able leaders survived.

This was a time when the prowess of a commander was measured as much by his strategic and organizational abilities as by his individual fighting skills and he was expected to give as great a show of strength in the council chamber as on the battlefield.

This book discusses the lives, battles and wider roles of talented commanders such as Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi – great men who stood out prominently due to their elaborate suits of armour and helmets, their stunning personal heraldry and their great armies.

Biographical Note

Stephen Turnbull took his first degree at Cambridge University, and received a PhD from Leeds University for his research into Japanese religious history. His work has been recognised by the awarding of the Canon Prize of the British Association for Japanese Studies and a Japan Festival Literary Award. He is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Leeds.

Richard Hook was born in 1938 and trained at Reigate College of Art. After national service with 1st Bn, Queen’s Royal Regiment, he became art editor of the much-praised magazine Finding Out during the 1960s.

He has worked as a freelance illustrator ever since, earning an international reputation particularly for his deep knowledge of Native American material culture; and has illustrated more than 50 Osprey titles.

Contents:

  • Introduction
  • The role of the samurai commander
  • Arms and armour
  • The commander in battle
  • The environment of the commander
  • Great commanders
  • Index

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